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My Birthday! 35!

I turned 35! If you know me at all you know that birthdays are a big deal and I love celebrating them. This year I was not as much up to the task. I was scheduled to watch my nephew on my birthday and it was the middle of the week so I was not too into it plus PREGNANT. img_20181104_184422_598After  few friends asked me about it I finally decided to host a small brunch at my house with a few of my close girlfriends. It was lovely, and pretty nice and relaxing and in the comfort of my own house. I made simple things, a coffee cake (https://lilluna.com/recipe-tip-deal-and-video-of-the-week-quick-coffee-cake/) crustless quiche(which is one of my go to recipes for brunch for a crowd mix 1 cup bisquick, 2 cups milk, 5 eggs, 2 cups cheese and salt and pepper then pour in a 9×13 pan and bake at 400 for about 45 min then when it comes out I like t top it with fresh chopped chives so easy and so good), caprese salad, and prosciutto wrapped asparagus. Well right after my birthday brunch Em was home from school and the girls were down for a nap. After nap time we went for a mani pedi and the girls absolutely loved it. Brock stayed home to take care of dinner.img_20181107_162318672img_20181107_160846245img_20181107_160840285

The girls said they felt like princesses and it was so nice there was no one else there. Violet had a little mishap or more of a Violet moment and decided she did not like the color she picked after they had already panted her nails so she tried to wipe of the paint #ohviolet well they ended up letting her pick another color and repainted her nails. The ladies were so sweet with the girls and gave them candy and put on the trolls soundtrack so the girls were in heaven. I just loved having an hour long pedi and foot massage. Well we headed back home for dinner and then we went out for donuts to finish the night.img_20181107_191043212

Just because my actual birthday was over did not mean that celebrating me was over! That weekend Brock took the girls and I to afternoon tea which I love doing. We feel so fancy and girly and Brock humors us. The girls and i got dressed up and they even picked a bunch of accessories. img_20181110_133820399

This year I did not do my typical girls wine trip of even a vacation but maybe next year I will feel more up to a big celebration.

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Emerald’s Birthday at Scooters Jungle

It happened we finally gave in to Emerald’s request to have a party at Scooters Jungle. She has been asking for years and we somehow have gotten her to agree to do something else instead. (if you have had your child’s party at Scooter Jungle or Chuckecheese or hosted a child’s party or anything along those lines you are an amazing parent) We invited family, friends and Emerald’s kindergarten class. Emerald wanted a Wall-E themed party andI was able to talk her out of that since I had no idea where to even begin with this. So finally she decided a unicorn party would be fine. I picked the date and booked it with Scooters Jungle, which by the way we had such a wonderful experience with everything to do with Scooters Jungle(not being paid for this just giving you our experience) IMG_20180921_212726_869I ordered invites for the party from https://www.vistaprint.com/studio.aspx?project_id=a758c628-71da-4e9a-b221-69851fe6bc4a and her birthday party outfit is from Target (leggings) https://www.target.com/p/girls-unicorn-print-leggings-cat-jack-153-heather-gray/-/A-53438447?preselect=53380087#lnk=sametab and her shirt https://www.target.com/p/girls-short-sleeve-party-time-birthday-t-shirt-cat-jack-153-heather-gray/-/A-53063835?preselect=52895590#lnk=sametab

We tried to keep everything simple. I ordered most the other goodie bag items from oriental trading and the rest of the items we found at the 99cent store where we also got her table clothes and candles and a few table decorations. As far as the cake Emerald wanted this specific one from Costco that had nothing to do with Unicorns but she liked it so I said ok (that saved me big bucks not having to order a custom cake) We signed up for the party package at Scooters Jungle that has a set amount of kids and adults then anyone above that you pay per the person. We felt that this best covered the type of party we were having and we booked the room set-up for the younger kids since most of the kids were six and under. We also did the pizza package which covered the food for the most part however Brock made a fruit platter and a veggie platter to bring and I baked some cookies. We brought everything with us the day of the party and pulled up to the loading zone, one of the employees came out unloaded our car and took it to our room and setup everything for us we literally had to do nothing once we were there. The money for this party was very well spent. IMG_20180921_174335195When the kids all started to arrive we were placed in a “holding area” where they explained the rules of the room to the kiddos and then we were all escorted to the party room. IMG_20180921_193707990We had a lot of little kiddos running around and they all were having such a wonderful time (as well as the parents got in on the fun) and Emerald could not have been happier about finally getting to have her party at Scooters Jungle. Our host for the party did such an amazing job with the kids and keeping the party going, like I said before Brock and I literally did not have to lift a finger once we were there and we were able to watch the kids have a wonderful time and mingle with all of the parents.IMG_20180921_184011510IMG_20180921_183955741After the kids had been playing for awhile the host gave out pizza and drinks then followed by Emerald’s Costco cake. At the end of the party she also helped Emerald hand out her goodie bags to all of the kids before they left. Lastly we did not ever have to clean a thing they packed it all up for us and asked us to pull our car around to the loading zone and packed it all back in our car(if only they came home with me and put is all away lol) We gave the host a tip for such an amazing job and Brock and I could not have been more thrilled with how the party turned out and really how little we had to do. If you are ever thinking about having your child’s birthday here I completely recommend it, it was worth every penny. Emerald asked if she could have her next party here too . . . I’m pretty sure once is enough.

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Brock’s Birthday

We of course love celebrating Brock! This man is such an amazing husband and daddy. This year for his birthday we had a weekend trip to Huntington Beach. The first day we spent at the OC Fair. It was a hot day but we had a great time with Brock’s entire family.

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The girls love taking pictures at all of the signs.

IMG_20180810_154838958Violet’s favorite thing was playing in the kiddy area, especially the corn boxes. This area was surprisingly pretty empty, although it was a little hidden towards the back of the fair. Emerald got to sign up for the kids cooking demonstration which she could not have been happier about. She was so proud of the cookies that she made.IMG_20180810_175303382

Not only did Em get to do this she was also picked to be the main cheerleader for our section in the pig race. The was hilarious to watch, the cute little pigs run their little hearts out. IMG_20180810_162038356

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We were so in love with all the baby goats!

We of course had to end the day with a lot of time in the petting zoo section where an animal tried to eat my dress and I was soaked in disgusting drool. (I know Brock has not been in any of these pictures, what can I say he or I are usually taking the pictures of the girls) Anyway after a long day at the fair was went to the condo in Huntington Beach. The next morning Brock’s mom had a fishing adventure planned at the pier. Poor Brock spent most of the time helping the girls who were always loosing their bate or getting caught on something. They were all having a great time I on the other hand was not feeling great and it did not help being in the scorching sun on the pier. Thank goodness for shakes from Ruby’s Diner at the end of the pier, they were a life saver for me and Violet who of course was over the fishing thing pretty quickly (I mean she is only three) IMG_20180811_091130105IMG_20180811_110858203

The fishing was of course followed by swimming in the ocean to cool off and might I add we did not catch anything . . . we got a lot of nibbles but nothing reeled in. IMG_20180811_115928391IMG_20180811_120241371Brock and Emerald went out into the waves while Violet and I hung out in the very shallow water where she could dig for sand crabs and could run away from the waves. IMG_20180812_182501909Some how ever year we end up at BJ’s for Brock’s birthday, he absolutely loves the chocolate chip pizookie and I think could care less about what other food he eats. It was a very full weekend celebrating this man and we are so lucky that we get to spend so much amazing time with him. We love you Brocky!

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Violet turned three!

Well Violet turned three over two months ago and I am just now writing about it. What can I say life happens and we just finished celebrating her birthday (it took us awhile and we had to reschedule things again life happens and you adjust) She wanted to have an “Ariel party” which meant I had to make a little mermaid cake and she wanted a dress like Ariel.

Well the first thing that happened was celebrating with my family which is where she had her Ariel cake.IMG_20180203_234742_990

She was so happy with how her cake turned out. I used her ariel barbie for the cake, so naturally Ariel got a bath and her hair brushed and so did Violet. I also wrapped the barbie legs in cling wrap so that I would not have to clean too much cake off of her after we were done with the cake. IMG_20180216_100228_601

We celebrated Violet’s birthday at my parents a few weeks before her birthday (you know scheduling everyone together can be difficult) So this kid got to celebrate her birthday for almost three months. Emerald kept asking is it still Violet’s birthday? IMG_20180202_194004403

On her actual birthday this poor kid was so sick so we stayed home and I tried to make the best of it because well all of us were sick. We stayed in pajamas all day and even tho we did not have much energy we still had a dance party to celebrate. We gave her a purple dress that she wore for dinner that night so that she could “be so fancy” for her birthday dinner and lollipops because that kiddo loves them so so so much.

We had also planned on taking her to Disneyland for Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique makeover but we had to reschedule this since my mom fell and broke her hand and knee and my parents were making the dress for her makeover. Also we planned on taking her to Disneyland that weekend without my parents just to celebrate her birthday but had to reschedule since we were all so sick.

We finally made it to disneyland for her birthday a few weeks after her birthday but still did not get to do the princess makeover. We did everything Violet wanted to do that day and we had a blast plus we went on a day that the park was not too full and the lines were short which was so wonderful. We got everything done on her list by 10am even seeing Minnie and Mickey and the rest of the time felt like bonus time since we did not have to wait in lines for anything.

Well my mom was finally feeling up for Disneyland 2 months after Violets birthday plus I had to find a day that worked for everyone and get her makeover scheduled. This was the day Violet had been looking forward to. My parents showed up at our house with the dress they had made . . . the only dress Violet wanted was the Ariel dress that she wears while visiting Prince Eric’s kingdom. She did not want the dress with fins since that way she would not be able to walk (lol) My parents even made a big blue bow to wear like in the movie. (you can check out their costumes at https://www.etsy.com/shop/royalty4kids) Emerald of course dressed like Elsa Fever one of her favorites. IMG_20180420_124322870

Violets appointment was at 1pm and we only waited about 15 minutes and one of the fairy godmothers came to do her makeover. Violet could not have been happier to have this done. She actually sat still the entire time and for Violet that is  very big deal she is a little wiggle worm. Our entire family watched while she had her makeover you can see half of us in the mirror of this picture. Violet of course picked the red hair extensions so that she could look even more like ariel and she got her makeup and nails done as well. This was one of the best days of her life.IMG_20180420_140148125

We have done the Bibbidi Bobbidi Makeover a couple time before with Emerald but this was the first time for Violet which made it so special for her she was finally old enough. Her fairy godmother was amazing too. She definitely made Violet feel so special.

After Violet was done with her makeover we went to visit the princesses and then took some family photos in front of the castle. I love that the girls are holding their dresses out like a princess. This was such a perfectly wonderful day for Violet it was everything she hoped it would be, but in true Violet fashion by the end of the night she wanted the hair taken out and she was done being a princess and wanted to go back to being Violet.wdw2018110984821721_8221154236_dsnyRes-base_dsnyLoc-regThis gorgeous little girl is feisty, stubborn and bossy but she can also be so sweet and caring and loves to cuddle. She has the funniest sayings and loves to say everything is disgusting. She keeps us on our toes and needs constant discipline (or she thinks she runs the house) but she adds such a fun dynamic to our family and I can’t imagine our life without this little firecracker. Watch out world! #ohvioletIMG_20180420_141918259